Dan Brown, Random House Vindicated In Copyright Spat

Law360, New York (April 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court declared that novelist Dan Brown and publisher Random House Inc. are not liable for a copyright infringement claim stemming from Brown’s bestselling novel “The Da Vinci Code.”

Lewis Purdue, author of the novels “The Da Vinci Legacy” and “Daughter of God” publicly alleged that Brown had appropriated content from Purdue’s novels when writing “The Da Vinci Code.”

In the wake of this allegation, Random House and Brown filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court seeking a declaratory judgment, stating that they...
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